Archive for March, 2006

Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Service Notice

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

Nikon Europe has issued a service advisory notice for Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR users about an issue that may occur when the lens is used with the D100, D2H or D70 digital cameras.


Notice for AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED users

We would like to inform customers of an issue that may occur when the Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens is used with the D100, D2H or D70 digital cameras. With the lens set to a wide-angle position, in some rare cases, the camera is unable to acquire accurate focus on near subjects when auto focusing starts from the infinity position.


Win Nikon D200 DSLR @ Photo Art Master Contest

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

Corel and Shutterbug have been looking for people who can turn their own photos into striking paintings using the FREE trial downloads for Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo Art Suite.


To enter the contest you need to use the Photo Art Suite to turn one of your original photos into a stunning painting, and then submit the original photo and painting to before midnight, May 31, 2006.

Winners will get the following prizes:


Olympus Evolt E-330 – Preview Podcast @ PopPhoto

Sunday, March 19th, 2006 has recently a preview podcast on the Olympus Evolt E-330, a 7.5 megapixel MOS sensor Digital SLR with Live View feature which enables you for framing of shots without the need to look through the view finder.


“Olympus recently became the first camera maker to announce a DSLR with a full-time, color, live-preview LCD, when it unveiled the Evolt E-330. Since users can frame their photos on the LCD, they don’t have to use the optical viewfinder. Plus, this opens up new options for underwater shooting that never existed before when using a DSLR.”

>> Download the Pop Photo News Podcast on the Olympus Evolt E-330
>> Olympus Evolt E-330 Review Roundup and Sample Pictures
>> Olympus Evolt E-330 Latest Price

Sony Introduces 8GB Compact Vault Drive For Digital Cameras

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

Sony has recently introduced the new 8GB Compact Vault drive, which is designed for Digital SLR cameras. This new storage device will have transfer speeds of 12MB/sec and will be available in stores June 2006 for $259




Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 – Preview @ DigitalCameraInfo

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

DigitalCameraInfo has posted a preview on Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01, the world’s smallest point-and-shoot digital camera (released on 14.02.06) with 28mm wide angle Leica DC zoom lens, featuring a 6.0 megapixels (CCD), Leica DC 3.6x optical zoom (equivalent to 28-102mm) lens, Image Stabilizer, and a 2.5-inch LCD screen.


“In terms of value the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 is a strong contender, due to the 28-102mm wide angle zoom lens which is capable of recording true 16:9 in both still and video recording modes with optical image stabilization for under $350. The camera has a handful of preset shooting modes, a couple of manual control options, minimal image editing in playback mode. Its 2.5-inch LCD with 207K resolution comes in four body colors for a little theoretical personalization, and the small frame and clean external and internal design should allow easy navigation and comfortable portage. But if full manual control is wanted within this price range, it may make sense to look at other alternatives. ”

>> Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 Review Roundup and Sample Pictures
>> Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX01 Latest Price

Kodak EasyShare V570 – Review @ PCWorld

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

PCWorld has recently posted a review on Kodak EasyShare V570, the world’s first dual-lens digital camera with 5 megapixel CCD and 2.5-inch LCD Screen.


“The camera’s 2.5-inch LCD screen, which dominates the back, is clear and bright; with its 230,000 pixels, images look sharp. The camera’s controls reside around the screen, and are generally easily accessible. While most other cameras use a left-right control for zooming, the V570 uses an up-down control, which works well. It allows you to keep your thumb firmly on the camera for a tight grip–a good thing, since there is no grip on the front for your fingers.”

>> Kodak EasyShare V570 Review Roundup and Sample Images
>> Kodak EasyShare V570 Latest Price

Download WinMorph 3 Software

Sunday, March 19th, 2006

 WinMorph 3 screenshot

Name: WinMorph 3
Description: WinMorph is a high performance morphing and warping software. Features include the ability to warp individual images and create digital movies by morphing between key frames. With a little effort, you can create professional morphing sequences using WinMorph. The morphing core has been highly optimized for heavy-duty morphing and warping. You can also use this software to create custom effects on images and to rotate, resize, and twist images.
License: Free
File Size: 4.27MB
Requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server


Photo Inspiration: Fashion Photography by Jeff Harris

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Great fashion images by Jeff Harris.

Click on the image to visit his gallery

Photography Tip: Cloning Technique

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Andy Heatwole has written pretty interesting techniques on how you can clone yourself using a sturdy tripod, a camera with a timer function, and static lighting.


“Start the camera’s timer and place yourself in the scene. After the exposure is made, start the timer again and reposition yourself for the next image. Repeat these steps until you have photographed yourself in all the positions and poses you’re needing. Remember to never move the camera or change the focus. Also, make sure you never position yourself in front of or behind an area where you have previously posed. If you do, …”

Panasonic Lumix DMC LX-1 -Review @ Megapixel

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Megapixel has recently posted their review on Panasonic DMC-LX1, a 8.4 megapixels camera with CCD chip, RAW support, true native 16.9 wide aspect ratio sensor, and an optical image stabilization. In conclusion they wrote:

Panasonic Lumix DMC LX1

“The LX1’s primary metering mode, called Multi, is a type of averaging that measures the light at various points in the frame and combines these readings into a single overall set of shooting parameters that will produce a good overall exposure. Indeed, the metering is accurate and regularly yields good exposures, albeit with a slight tendency to give preference to lowlights over highlights.

Noise however can be detected at all ISO levels, although it is only at the 400 ISO level that is is unavoidable. Still, even at 80 ISO, the camera’s lowest sensitivity level, noise can be seen in shadow areas, and can become more pronounced when the image is captured under poor light, or with its little flash.”

>> Panasonic Lumix DMC LX-1 Review Roundup & Sample Pictures
>> Panasonic Lumix DMC LX-1 Latest Price